Mr. Copeland respondsWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Two weeks ago, we chastised Lucas County Commissioner candidate Phil Copeland for not responding to calls inviting him to join an April 10 debate sponsored by Toledo Free Press, WSPD 1370 AM and Fox Toledo 36. This week, Copeland accepted the invitation. All five candidates will be at the Main Library for the debate.
We do not have any illusions that our verbal prompting convinced Copeland to sign up, but we are pleased for the integrity of the debate and the political process that he will be there.
We can’t un-ring the rhetorical bell we rang, but we appreciate hearing from Copeland and welcome him to the debate.
The zoo levies
Supporting the zoo used to be an automatic, no-brainer vote. After a year of public relations fiascos and clumsy moves, should Lucas County step up to the tune of $4.72 per month, based on a $100,000 home?
The zoo has taken steps to cut its budget and calm its culture, and has hired a standout in new executive director, zoologist Anne Baker, who begins her tenure April 1.
The zoo, along with the Toledo Museum of Art and Fifth Third Field, must not be taken for granted and left to erode. Just a glance a the mess to the north, where the Detroit Zoo has become a morass of problems, should be enough to convince voters that we need to support our zoo.
We endorse the levies as a vote of confidence in Baker; it will be up to her to earn future requests for Lucas County dollars.